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Friday, June 18, 2010

Renting HMO to mormons

A Scottish landlord made his tenants pretend to be mormons to try to take advantage of a bizarre exemption clause on HMO properties inhabited by certain religious groups.

The landlord David Thomson got his tenants of an Aberdeen flat to sign the tenancy agreement stating they were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

He also placed mormon literature at the rental flat just in case any council officials popped around to check on the religious credentials of the tenants.

The landlord has seen his application for an HMO licence turned down by his council after they described him as not a "fit and proper person when you were prepared for people to sign a lease that was deceitful."

I'd love to know more on this HMO clause. It also begs the question, why?

Is it that some religious groups are renowned for their particularly safe living habits, do they not smoke, do the follow stricter risk assessment procedures in a domestic setting?

Please enlighten me on this HMO rule for some and not for others situation.

Read more on this in the Telegraph

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